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Fall Day & Week Programs to Support K-8th Students

Registration Opens at 10a on Thursday

Keystone Science School is working with a large group of community providers to establish childcare options throughout the upcoming school year. Registration will open for the first 3-weeks of KSS Fall Programming at 10a on Thursday, August 6th. 

Keystone Science School is collaborating with several youth programs across Summit County in an effort to support families and students in grades K-12. Throughout the fall semester, KSS is offering programmatic options to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of students. Programs will supplement traditional classroom instruction and support working families with their need for child care and academic enrichment. Keystone Science School has two program options which includes full week and day programs.

Full Week Program

Full week programs are for those students who have opted into a virtual curriculum. Small groups will be created of similarly aged students for the duration of each week. Throughout the week students will participate in a traditional KSS program which means the infusion of a week-long theme-based curriculum. The Full Week program will allow a group of no more than 10 students to create their own community while offering them social emotional and academic support. The details of each week are still in development, but it is expected that activities will be project based and may include a service learning project.

Full Day Program 

Full Day Programs are designed for families requiring flexibility and child care support on a less consistent basis than the full week. Throughout the day students will receive academic support and participate in several age appropriate activities similar to any Full Week program. All activities will focus on developing a community among the similarly aged students. When students are not participating in traditional KSS activities they will be receiving support for their virtual curriculum whether their own school is following the virtual or hybrid model of instruction.

Fall Program Risk Management

With the support of State and Local Public Health agencies, Keystone Science School has developed risk management procedures specific to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Newly developed systems helped guide the facilitation of day camp programs at 6 locations throughout Summit County. These same procedures will be in place for all Fall Programs which include the requirement of facial coverings, physical distancing, small group sizes, and daily health screens. 

Program Details

Location: Keystone Science School Campus
Dates: August 31-September 4, September 7-September 11, September 14- September 18
Fees: $279per week, $59 per day, Scholarships are available for all programs
More Information: (970)468-2098 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Meet the Staff

Megan Adamson

School-Based Program Manager

Megan’s first experience at Keystone Science School was as a visiting 5th-grade student doing a snow science winter program. Many years later, she graduated with a degree in Natural Sciences, specializing in Biology Education with a Science Teaching License. While teaching middle school science, Megan brought her class up to Keystone Science School for the annual outdoor education trip.

After witnessing the immense impact learning in the outdoors had on her own students, Megan decided to enter the world of outdoor science education and joined the Keystone Science School team. While at KSS, Megan started as a summer camp head counselor, education instructor, and as the staff manager for the KSS Education team. She has worked in Northern California as the Program Director of the Sierra Nevada Journeys Outdoor School and Summer Camp. Most recently, she worked in Jackson, WY at Teton Science Schools managing programs, building curriculum, and coaching educators.

Megan Adamson

Logan Maclean

Adventure Programs and Safety Manager

Logan brings nearly a decade of field experience to the Keystone Science School! After graduating from the University of Wyoming with a BA in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management he became a National Outdoor Leadership School expedition instructor in 2010. He spent five years leading 30-day and 90-day expeditions specializing in working winter (AIARE PRO level 2), mountaineering (glacial and alpine rock), climbing (front country and backcountry, and canyon (backpacking and technical slot canyons) courses in Wyoming and Utah.

In March of 2015, he became a wilderness medicine instructor and spent 3 years splitting time between teaching wilderness medicine in the classroom (Wilderness EMT and Wilderness First Responder courses) and working field expedition courses focused on specializing in building medicine skills in a wilderness environment.

Logan Maclean

Ian McCluskie

Program Coordinator

Ian grew up in Summit County and fell in love with the outdoors early in life. Ian started working at the Keystone Science School after graduating from high school and continued working in the Summer Camp program throughout college. Ian graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and started working for the Keystone Science School full time. Ian has held 9 different positions at KSS and worked in almost every program.

Besides outdoor adventures, Ian’s other passions include hockey (Go Avs!), sports, and travel. Ian grew up going to summer camp which gave him a real understanding of students and their interactions with one another. Being able to spend his life in summit county has given him an immense appreciation of nature and he loves sharing that passion with students and staff. The thing he’s most excited about is to teach our students to appreciate the natural world.

Ian McCluskie

Carrie Scheick

Program Coordinator

Carrie fell in love with Colorado as a teenager when her family drove across the country, at which point she promised herself that one day she would live here. Until she joined KSS, Carrie developed her teaching and leadership experience at nature centers, residential environmental education centers, and mountain wilderness programs.

In 2017, she left her job on the east coast to follow her dream of living and working in the mountains, and was drawn to KSS because of our mission to foster connections between children and nature. “I love that teaching allows me to wear a variety of hats as an educator, leader, and outdoor guide, but also as a mentor and role model.” Carrie uses her diverse science, character, and wilderness curriculum experience to develop Keystone Science School’s school and Girls in STEM programs. She also loves ultimate frisbee, wellness coaching, snowboarding, and learning new skills. Fun fact: she’s learning to play Taylor Swift songs on the ukulele!

Carrie Scheick

Brent Beadles

Program Coordinator

Brent Beadles has worked for the Keystone Science School as a School Programs Coordinator and as an Adventure Programs Instructor. Brent was drawn to the Keystone Science School because of the location. He knew he wanted to be teaching environmental education, but the special spot where our campus is located is what really pulled him in. Brent comes into the role of Adventure Programs Instructor with two and a half years of teaching experience, a degree in Engineering, and a lot of backcountry experience.

He spent six weeks in Alaska last summer leading trips that included backpacking, sea kayaking, and ice climbing. He is excited to teach a variety of topics but believes that there are two very important things to teach during a backcountry trip: one is an appreciation and different perspective on the natural world. There are a lot of different aspects to that, the peace that can come from spending an extended time outdoors, stewardship aspect, the inspiration and challenges that come from the physical element, and the mental aspect that comes from going without luxuries you’re used too. The second part is learning outdoor skills.

Brent Beadles

Andre Gianfrancesco

Camp Programs Coordinator

Andre grew up with the Science School. He first came here for camp when he was 10 years old. He has lived camp from every angle and knows what makes the program live and breathe. Aside from growing up with KSS, Andre also brings tons of local and outdoor knowledge.

He hiked from Denver to Durango along the Colorado Trail after summer camp finished one August, and ended 33 days and 500 miles later, hiking by himself. The most memorable part of the hike was the love and support he had from friends, family, and strangers. He chose to work here because the Science School changes lives. He has been a camper, CAP, and Head Counselor and is now Camp Programs Coordinator. Nothing makes him happier than helping others write their own stories.

Andre Gianfrancesco

Standing Together to Create Change

Courage. Defined in the dictionary as the ability to do something that frightens one; strength in the face of pain or grief. In the context of typical Science School programming, we frame this for students and campers as ‘stepping outside of our comfort zones’. Courage gives us the ability to learn, expand our thinking, build skills, and engage in new experiences. It’s something we hope to inspire in our participants at KSS, through safe yet challenging opportunities.

It’s only fitting that this summer’s theme is the Summer of Courage. We’re seeing courage show up in many ways – parents trusting us to care for their children in the midst of a pandemic; staff developing new systems and processes to make programming possible; and children putting facial coverings on each day to experience camp.

We’re also considering how courage shows up in the face of disturbing headlines of racial injustice and protests. As an organization whose founder, Bob Craig, firmly believed in science as the guide for discourse and who believed a non-biased approach was critical for educators to embrace and make room for independent and critical thinking– we’ve shied away from taking a stance on issues. It isn’t in our DNA, so to speak. But in the context of recent headlines, we recognize the need to reaffirm our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion so that the impact of our work is truly accessible to people from all communities.

We know that Keystone Science School and the outdoor and experiential education industry can do better to welcome equity. Recognizing that the journey will take focused time, resources, and work, the KSS team developed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force in November, 2019. The DEI Task Force is charged with researching the work of DEI in our industry, gathering resources and tools to educate ourselves on this important work, and creating a plan to effectively weave DEI into all facets of our organization.

We believe that the outdoors is an educational and healing space that everyone should have access to and the ability to enjoy. We believe that it is our responsibility to be an engaged, educated, open-minded, and active organization working to break down the systems and practices that limit access. We believe in educating ourselves, challenging and shifting our thinking, and in creating new and engaging opportunities at KSS for diverse staff, youth, and board members to be a part of our mission.

Acknowledging our need to do better and restarting the work of the DEI Task Force is just the beginning. We will not back away. We will listen. We will learn. We will lean into the spaces that might be tough or that stretch our comfort zones so we can continue to have courageous conversations that lead to the change we need. We hope that you’ll join us in our efforts in a way that is meaningful to you.

In courage,

Ellen Reid
Executive Director

Farewell from "Seth, The Director"

Dear KSS Summer Camp Families,

I walked onto Keystone Science School (KSS) Campus for the first time in 2008 not knowing how impactful this place and the people I met would be on my life. The campers, parents, and counselors helped me become the person I am today and will help me become the person I am meant to be for the future. This place has truly been a home away from home because of each and every one of you. I will miss you all dearly and I may not be your camp director for the Summer of Courage, but I have been working closely with an amazing group of people and trust they will keep the magic alive.

I want to thank you for putting your trust in me and KSS for so many years. I have truly loved my time being the Camp Director for you and your children. I am so grateful for the friends and all the amazing memories I have made at KSS, and I will cherish this for years to come. With that, it comes with great emotion to announce that this chapter of my life will be ending, and I will begin the next chapter of my life by moving back to Ohio to be closer to my family.

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Remember campers that the magic of KSS doesn’t come from me, the staff, or even our campus. The magic that lives at KSS comes from each and every one of you. You are the magic of KSS, and I am so amazed at who you all have become over the years and I can’t wait to see you all become the leaders of tomorrow. This is not goodbye but see you later and when I think of you, I will remember those stars in the sky. I will challenge you one more time to step out of your comfort zone, try something new, and make a new friend. I will miss you all dearly!

KSS parents, thank you for trusting in me and the Science School to keep your children safe and the opportunity to be a part of their lives. I have cherished each and every moment I have had with you all. You have been such a big part of my development and the reasons this place has felt like a second home.

In the words of Fred Rogers:

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet and how important you can be to those you may never dream of.”

You have been such important people in my life, and I will keep you all close to my heart.

I would love for you all to stay in touch, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Have a wonderful and healthy summer!

All the best,

Seth Oglesby

Work-Based Learning at Keystone Science School: Building Skills for the Future Workforce

We create future leaders who can problem solve and work together in an ever-evolving world and workplace environment. -Keystone Science School’s Mission

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While Keystone Science School is best known for inquiry-based learning programs that teach science, outdoor skills, and community building to children, we also develop the next generation of leaders through work-based learning programs for young professionals.

Work-based learning integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with hands-on experience and skill development in a workplace setting. KSS internships, apprenticeships, and seasonal jobs provide an excellent opportunity to explore and prepare for a career in outdoor education, the outdoor industry, teaching, marketing, or non-profit work while developing skills essential for the future workforce.

Critical Skills for the Future Workforce

As automation and global connectivity continue to transform the modern workplace, “uniquely human” skills, such as adaptive thinking and social intelligence, are at a premium. Unfortunately, a 2019 report by the Society for Human Resources Management finds that employers are challenged with recruiting qualified talent. The top 3 missing soft skills are:

  • Problem-solving, critical thinking, innovation and creativity;
  • Ability to deal with complexity and ambiguity;
  • Communication.

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